Saturday Bird Droppings

Recaps from last night's win: MLB.comBaltimore Sun, and SB Nation.

Montanez activated, then optioned | orioles.com
Norfolk will find out that Lou can hit.

Always Be Closing: Mike Gonzalez Placed on Waivers -- FanHouse
The Red Sox and Phillies are reportedly interested in having interest in Gonzo.

Rob Dibble Rant and Response Roundup | The OCD Chick
Amanda Rykoff compiled the responses written around the web on Dibble Gate. The responses are from a Mets fan, and Orioles fan (duh), a Cubs fan, a Nats fan, and a couple Yankees fans. 

Buck oversees Sarasota renovations | orioles.com
Is there anything Buck doesn't do?

D.C. Sports Bog - Orioles ratings spiking in D.C.
It's been mentioned several times that the Orioles ratings have gone up since the team became Buck's Birds, but here it's pointed out the the ratings have gone up in the D.C. market as well, and on Wednesday more people in the D.C. market watched the Orioles than watched that Nationals. Steinberg seems a little flummoxed, but I don't know why. Those people used to be Orioles fans after all, and I bet a winning team would bring a ton of them back.

Florida Marlins Delay Game Until Their Fan Shows Up | The Onion
Hysterical as always.

Steve Melewski: Klein's bonus
According to Jim Callis of Baseball America, in a tweet tonight, Orioles third-round pick, UCLA pitcher Dan Klein, got a signing bonus of $499,900. That is more than most of the players taken late in the second round received.

Brawl at nationals puts 70-year-woman in hospital
A post-game brawl at the Canadian Senior Little League championship left a 70-year-old woman hospitalized and baseball coaches, fans and tournament organizers in dismay.

Gammons: Lessons learned from past week | MLB.com: News
Lesson No. 3: Buck Showalter is reminding the Orioles that they are Major League players. Yes, on his second day on the job, Showalter had the woebegotten O's out on the Camden Yards field for an hour in 105-degree heat. But when Brian Roberts called his father this week to wish Mike luck in the Cape Cod League finals, he told his dad, "This man loves baseball the way you and I love it."

The 30 Worst Baseball Cards of All Time (30 pics)
Lenn Sakata makes the list!

Orioles Insider: Orioles extend agreements with minor league clubs
The top three affiliates in the Orioles' minor league system - Norfolk, Bowie and Frederick - have been extended through the 2014 season.

Minor Leagues

Charlotte Knights 7, Norfolk Tides 3
Troy Patton pitched for the first time since July 28th and was a little rusty, giving up 4 runs (2 earned) in five innings. He struck out five and only walked one. Michael Aubrey had two hits including a double and Brandon Snyder had a double and a walk.

Bowie Baysox 9, Erie SeaWolves 10 (10 innings)
The Baysox at one point had a 9-6 lead but squandered it. Chorye Spoone had a tough start, giving up 5 ER in 4.1 innings. Xavier Avery had a single, a walk, and two stolen bases, Ryan Adams had a home run and a walk, Joe Mahoney had a double, a triple, and two walks, and Caleb Joseph had a home run.

Winston-Salem Dash 3, Frederick Keys 4
Oliver Drake had an amazing night for the Keys. In seven innings he struck out eleven and recorded outs on eleven ground balls (if you're saying to yourself, "that's one too many outs" one of his strikeouts reached first when the ball got away from the catcher). He gave up three runs on five hits. He walked one.

Delmarva Shorebirds 0, Lakewood Blue Claws 10
Kenny Moreland got lit up for the Shorebirds, giving up ten runs on eleven hits in five innings. But hey, he didn't walk anyone! The offense was held to just five hits as Blue Claws starter Trevor May struck out ten.

State College Spikes 2, Aberdeen Ironbirds 3 (11 innings)
Austin Rauch singled in Zach Moore in the bottom of the 11th to give the Ironbirds the win in support of some outstanding pitching. Starter Tyler Sexton struck out six and walked one in six innings, giving up just one run on four hits and relievers T.R. Keating and Jesse Rasner kept the Spikes off the board after Jason Gurka allowed the tying run to score in the 7th. 

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